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  1. S02.E08: Omega Station

    He was a professor when he started writing screenplays: http://www.depauw.edu/news-media/latest-news/details/31730/
  2. S02.E08: Omega Station

    Yeah, Represent, I agree with you wholeheartedly. Also, that makes me really sad that they couldn't name any actresses. And that there are women out there who don't like a female character like Ani. Why? Why wouldn't they like her? Also, have you ever seen Searching for Debra Winger? Anyway, as to the occult symbolism and Eliot's involvement in the story...I agree that all that seemed to fizzle after a while...and we were led to believe Eliot might be a sinister character--especially based on Ani's anger towards him. I think, though, that the fact that we were led to believe he might be sinister and that all those guys hanging out on the commune might have also been up to no good, all of that only added to the suspense in Ani's journey. Without these potentially evil father figures in her life (these men were all older than her, and around her when she was a child), the "authority" she was up against wouldn't have seemed nearly as frightening. Especially when you add the fact that her mom committed suicide, Eliot was sorta friends with these dudes, Austin's wife also committed suicide...both women were described as going crazy... and then Pitlor remembers her? It just means more terror. Almost Hitchcockian, right? I tried to piece together at one point what they seemed to be getting at with the occult stuff. Nobody can say for sure what was going on with that group of men, but I doubt it was only about sex parties and I think the group had been around for a very long time (hence Eliot's mention of the senior Chessani, Theodore). I theorized that maybe they were Freemasons, because there was a lot of Freemason symbolism in the show (especially the parts about the eyes), and it would have been a very interesting counterpart to some of the obvious Virgin Mary and goddess allusions Pizzolatto kept making. Anyway, I wrote about that here--wonder if any of you agree: http://www.lippsisters.com/2015/08/02/private-eyes-the-masonic-symbolism-in-true-detectives-church-in-ruins/
  3. S02.E08: Omega Station

    And as for people who say Ani was sidelined, I also completely disagree there. I think she had more to do than anyone else. She was sort of the Rust Cohle of this season—she cared about solving the crime more than having a personal life. And, I mean, did she really even have that much of a personal life? Having her fall for Ray and making her a mom isn't sexist on Pizzolatto's part—it was just a natural part of Ani's character development. It's a shame other people can't see it that way, but I think it only shows they weren't really watching all along. PS: Those are the same people who hyperfocus on her "scowl."
  4. S02.E08: Omega Station

    Well Pizzolatto was a college English professor, so go figure, I guess? Represent, I was happy in looking further back in this thread that you saw the symbolism in the Divina Pastora/Virgin Mary at the end. Have you read about this in many recaps? I try to have radio silence when I'm doing a finale recap of a show, so my hope is that I'm the only one to cover that (though reality would probably state otherwise). Seriously, though, I think the symbolism in the first season of this show was part of what made it great. I think maybe you just have to make the mystery compelling enough to get laypeople, as you say, to become interested. Who in their right mind would have cared about The King in Yellow, had it not become viral when someone noticed that in the first season? Suddenly, everyone is buying that book on Amazon and people who don't even really read are reading! That is the magic that comes from smart TV. I for one have become a huge fan of documentaries since I've started recapping smart TV shows (because God forbid I'm not well-informed in culture and history if I'm reviewing Lost, Mad Men or True Detective!). In any case, I expected the show to be rife with symbolism, so I dove right in, but I can see what you're saying about viewers who might not have a proclivity for that. What do you think this show needed to hook them in the way The King in Yellow did? Maybe all the religious symbolism I found throughout...if something like that had gone viral, it wasn't enough of a pull? Maybe the crow stuff wasn't compelling enough? The constant repetition of the eyes? I think maybe an average viewer would be intrigued by the kinky sex/occult dealings Caspere was part of, but they really didn't follow that story far enough to get people ordering books on Amazon again. I remember Pizzolatto said he was going in that route, and then switched to character development instead. That's a huge bonus for viewers like you and me, Represent, because I too am a huge fan of great character development (as I'm sure you can tell from my recap). But yeah--I think that's the biggest issue here. As far as Ani's scowl, and people's reactions to it, I'm now really glad I wasn't looking at too many recaps the last two weeks because that would have really pissed me off. You know what I loved about this season? Once I realized that Rachel McAdams is in her mid-thirties, I just thought holy shit, a real-live gorgeous close-to-middle-age woman playing a badass character on TV. This is insanely great. And yes, that means she might have some marionette lines, and they might strip off all her makeup for the role. Oh well. That's what we really do look like, people...
  5. S02.E08: Omega Station

    Contrary to what some reviewers are saying, ALL of the spiritual allusions and mythological motifs DID PAN OUT. I wrote my thoughts on the finale here: http://www.lippsisters.com/2015/08/24/the-circle-game-the-life-affirming-finale-of-true-detective-omega-station/
  6. S02.E07: Black Maps And Motel Rooms

    Here are my thoughts and predictions leading up to the finale: http://www.lippsisters.com/2015/08/09/the-glory-in-the-flower-on-innocence-lost-in-true-detectives-black-maps-and-motel-rooms/
  7. S02.E04: Down Will Come

    Here's a bit about what's happening with the occult symbolism on TD this week: http://www.lippsisters.com/2015/08/02/private-eyes-the-masonic-symbolism-in-true-detectives-church-in-ruins/
  8. S02.E06: Church In Ruins

    Here's a very thorough explanation of what's really going on at those sex parties--and some other symbolic references on the show: http://www.lippsisters.com/2015/08/02/private-eyes-the-masonic-symbolism-in-true-detectives-church-in-ruins/
  9. S02.E05: Other Lives

    Here's all you need to know about Carlos Castaneda, and why he's so influential on this show: http://www.lippsisters.com/2015/07/24/true-detective-season-twos-the-king-in-yellow-or-what-you-need-to-know-about-carlos-casteneda/
  10. S02.E05: Other Lives

    Maystone, I agree with you about Jordan's abortions, and mostly because of the movie Ray's dad was watching when he went to visit him. It was "Detective Story" starring Kirk Douglas as a cop who hunts down an abortion doctor only to find out that his own wife had had an abortion (this was 1951): http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043465/ I think that was a little Easter egg for the audience...it also plays in nicely with the idea of karma this season. Each character is going to play some role, unbeknownst to them, in the crime. It's just taking a while to get there, and the fun is in figuring out how they all took part. For example, I think the man Ray killed, who he thought was his ex-wife's rapist, might have had something to do with setting the wheels in motion. Surely Eliot Bezzerides is involved, so that covers Ani. Frank may have involvement in his own demise via Jordan and whatever she's been up to.
  11. S02.E04: Down Will Come

    Here's my recap of this episode (there's a lot going on with religious symbolism on this show that most people aren't talking about—I cover it every week): http://www.lippsisters.com/2015/07/20/true-detective-goddesses-of-death-and-transformation-on-down-will-come/
  12. S02.E05: Other Lives

    LilaFowler, it's not a coincidence that Ani's childhood commune keeps getting pulled into this. Nobody is really talking about the influence of the Kali statue on this show, that was seen behind David Morse in episode one. It could turn out to be very important: http://www.lippsisters.com/2015/07/20/true-detective-goddesses-of-death-and-transformation-on-down-will-come/